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Dominican Mangu

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 15 | Cook Time 15

Why I Love This Recipe

As the story goes, an American philanthropist living in the Dominican Republic was craving mashed potatoes. But at the time they were not grown in the DR. So at a restaurant, he told the chef that he wanted plantains to be boiled and mashed with butter, milk and seasoned.

The chef was confused as to why anyone would have their plantains mushed up, but he complied as the American was a regular and brought good money to the establishment.

After a while a large steaming plate of the mashed plantains arrived and the man dug in.

The Server asked how it was and the reply was a garbled "Man That was good!!" The server went back and said "Ma- Goo-" to the cook and the name stuck!

At least thats what the server told me at one of the restaurants.

The best mangu is homemade because it comes out hot and seasoned to your liking.

I craved mashed potatoes while I lived in the Dominican Republic as well. This dish with some local sausage fried up was a wonderful dish.

Ingredients You'll Need

6 ea Plantains (green give you a potato taste vs ripe plantain make it sweet)
1/2 cup Butter
1/4 cup Milk
Bacon, chives, cheese


1. Peal Plantains, wash and boil

2. Take from heat and drain when a fork easily slides into plantain

3. Hand mash plantains

4. Add generous amount of room temperature butter. Add more if consistency is dry. *note: There is more butter than milk.

5. Add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup milk and salt to taste. *note: Milk is best if it is near room temperature.

6. Cheese, chives or cooked bacon can be added for flavor and fill. The dish is traditionally served with a full body sausage.

Questions, Comments & Reviews

I’ve made this a lot. I leave the milk out and put in some cold water to make the softest magu you’ve ever had and then add red onions that have been sautéed in little bit of chicken bullion (SOPITA MAGGI) red wine vinegar and black pepper to the mangu with the oil and all. This is what gives it the flavor I’m use 2. It sounds unrefined but it’s the bomb. Eat it with some Dominican fried salami, fried white cheese or fried eggs and you’ll feel like you’re in Hispaniola.

I will add a pic soon.

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